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August 11, 2013 by Leslie in Conformation Articles, News, Puppy Training, Training Articles

The Name Game

I start playing the ‘name game’ as soon as I bring them home at 8 to 9 weeks old. A handful of soft small bites of something tasty (I like to use tiny bits of skinless, boneless roast chicken or cooked roast beef cut into very tiny pieces, enough for

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March 30, 2012 by Leslie in Obedience Training Articles, Puppy Training, Temperament Articles, Training Articles

The Settle Exercise

The Settle Exercise will teach your dog to accept you and your family as leaders. Each dog in your “pack” must understand that being handled for grooming, vet exams and in general is not optional. The dog/s must accept and tolerate handling without biting, struggling or otherwise trying to take

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March 30, 2012 by Leslie in Obedience Training Articles, Puppy Training, Temperament Articles, Training Articles

Who’s in Charge Here? A lesson in becoming Alpha

My dog just tried to bite me! All I did was tell him to move over so I could sit on the couch next to him.” “My dog got into the trash can and when I scolded her, she growled at me. What’s wrong with her? I thought she loved

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April 09, 2010 by Leslie in Obedience Training Articles, Puppy Training, Temperament Articles, Training Articles

Leadership

Leadership – An Attitude for Behavioral Success Leadership is important in many ways, but to your dog, leadership means only one thing and that is, “who leads the pack”. Because dogs are pack animals, having a leader for the pack is paramount. When there is no leader in a pack,

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April 08, 2010 by Leslie in Obedience Training Articles, Puppy Training, Training Articles

Chewing and Biting and Nipping (Bite Inhibition)

Puppies need to bite, chew and play. It is very important to their mental health and well being. Trying to completely eliminate the behavior frustrates this natural desire. In turn, this increases problems with chewing and nipping. There are a number of ways to teach a puppy that biting, chewing

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